Electronic Crimes Law

Palestinian Gandhi on Trial: Part 4 (“Electronic Crimes” and The Palestinian Authority Case)

In our final episode of the series, we go deeper into Issa’s trial before a Palestinian Authority court, where he stands charged with violating a controversial and highly restrictive “Electronic Crimes” law for no more than a Facebook post criticizing the Palestinian Authority for its treatment of a journalist.

This episode takes us deeper into questions of what it means to live under military occupation, and what it means when a local caretaker government — in this case the Palestinian Authority — is required to collaborate and cooperate with the occupying military, rather than look after the millions of people it nominally represents. We discuss the strict limitations on the power of the Palestinian Authority; the many ways its cooperation is expected and enforced from the outside; and the demoralizing effects this has on the Palestinian people.